Photographic competition to help the village hall

This was sent to Peter Javes, and he wonders if anyone would be interested in taking part?

I am writing to ask for a little assistance with a non-commercial initiative to support rural parish and village halls.

With ‘Village Halls Week 2020’ (20-26 January) almost upon us, we are running a photo competition to provide funds for cash-strapped rural community halls. The competition is designed to champion and emphasise the vital role that halls play in strengthening rural communities. The top prize is £1,000 to the village hall and £500 to the photographer.

To alert halls and villages, we’ve teamed up with various charity organisations (ACRE, Plunkett Foundation, and 30+ Regional Community Councils) to spread word to villages and halls which don’t have a social media presence and are not in regular communication with other organisations.

To help us, would you be kind enough to pass information about the competition to councillors and village hall trustees in your area? We are keen that all villages have an equal chance to take part, prompting villagers to collaborate and bring home the message of their hall’s vital importance.

Here are the key points about the ‘Wonderful Villages’ Photo Competition:

–        Top prize is £1,000 to the community hall and £500 to the photographer.

–        Theme: ‘Village Life – a photo which characterises the value of community in your village’. (This is not about ‘pretty villages’ or professional photography, but rather capturing the essence of ‘community’ in a village.)

–        It’s open to all rural halls. No fee to enter. Halls can enter as many photos as they wish.

–        Closing date is 15/3/20 but many halls are using Village Halls Week to capture great photos.

–         Details and rules are available from

–         Trustees can download a poster for noticeboard display from the above link.

–        We’ve received over a hundred entries already, with some very touching photos showing great community bonds. Please encourage villagers to vote for the best photos from other communities in order to help the judges.

Thanks for your help.

Kind regards

Phil BarringtonProjects Manager

Allied Westminster (Insurance Services) Ltd
01322 446804

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